A six minute video on what glitch art is. We often get upset when technology doesn’t work – files are unreadable, billboards show flickering images, screen images throwing up random pixels. But what if glitches can be seen as beautiful? Technology is not perfect, just as how human beings are not perfect. Glitches represent the unexpected, the accidental expression in liminal space – the soul of the computer? There is a kind of aesthetic that delights in experimentation and making new discoveries, new possibilities of expression using the language of the computer. For example, what if binary data is converted into sound or an image file converted into a visually abstract form of data?
The video reminds me of a character from Walt Disney’s 52nd animated film ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ from 2012 – Vanellope von Schweetz, a character thought to be a glitch in a kart racing arcade video game who turned out otherwise. A must watch film that pays tribute to arcade games in the 1980s.